Jaycox ‘Outstanding Young Music Educator’

by marlys good

Michael Jaycox has been honored as an Outstanding Young Music Educator by the Wyoming Music Educator’s Association.

The award recognizes and honors a WMEA member for distinction in music education. Nominees must have taught six years or less and be a music educator from any level, in a school, college or university in Wyoming.

Jaycox, the Greybull Elementary School music instructor, said, “I am honored to receive this recognition this early in my career. Sometimes, I still look at the other music teacher mentors I have and see how great they are and I feel very humbled to be included in the recognition that I receive.”

Jaycox, who is in his fourth year of teaching, was nominated in January 2015 as the North Big Horn Basin’s Young Music Educator of the Year. The district includes Thermopolis, Worland, Cody, Basin, Greybull, Meeteetse, Powell, Lovell, Cowley and Burlington.

Jaycox said he has always known he wanted to be a teacher, “ever since high school. I knew because when I would tutor my friends and they would ‘get it,’ that feeling of satisfaction was addictive; I knew that teaching was for me.”

Jaycox admits he actually debated between his two favorite subjects in high school – German or music. “Music won because of the feeling music gives me.”

Jaycox pointed out that Darla Haller, longtime Big Horn County School District No. 3 music teacher who retired at the close of the 2015 school year, “was the Music Educator of the Year for our district as well for this year. It was a good year for Greybull.”